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Ocean Beach

Ascension Balloon at Ocean Beach 1886Balloon Ascension, Ocean Beach San Francisco, 1886. Printed with permission, SF History Collection, SF Public Library

December 2014

Golden Gate Heights

Golden Gate Heights ViewView of the Sunset District from Golden Gate Heights • January 16, 1928. Written on front: “View from Funston Ave. & Pacheco St.” Printed with permission, SF History Collection, SF Public Library

November 2014

Sutro Forest

Fire on Sutro HillGroup of men putting out a fire in Sutro Forest • Sept 15, 1934. Printed with permission, SF History Collection, SF Public Library

October 2014

Parkmerced

ParkmercedConstruction of Parkmerced apartment buildings Oct. 21, 1950 Printed on back: METROPOLITAN HOUSING PROJECT--There are 11 separate 13-story apartment buildings in this general view of the $30,000,000 Metropolitan Life Housing project now nearing completion in the southwest corner of San Francisco between Junipero Serra Boulevard (in center of picture) and Lake Merced. With 2,000 apartment units to house over 5,000 persons they will be ready for occupancy by fall. Three two-deck garages will shelter 1,600 autos for residents. One garage is shown in left center just beyond boulevard.

September 2014

Now and Then CONTEST

Identify the location of one of our Remember When photos and win a prize! Prizes to be announced soon.

Golden Gate Heights

Golden Gate Heights • November 1 1927 By Permission San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library

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July/August 2014

Now and Then CONTEST

Identify the location of one of our Remember When photos and win a prize! Prizes to be announced soon.

Parkmerced 1945

Parkmerced February 28, 1945 By Permission San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library

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June 2014

Now and Then CONTEST

Identify the location of one of our Remember When photos and win a prize! Prizes to be announced soon.

REMEMBER This old photo published in March 2013? Its location was identified by Alena Klompus (see Letters)

Send your observations about the date or perspective and a corresponding photo of the present of any of our published old photos (www.westsideobserver.com/remember.html). We'll choose the most useful entry and share the info with the SF History Center — AND YOU'LL WIN A PRIZE!

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Permission of San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

May 2014

St. Francis Woods

St. Francis Woods [Undated] If you have any information about the date orlocation from which this picture was taken please share it with us (editor@westsideobserver.com). We will share it with the SF History Center. Permission of San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

April 2014

Sunset District from Golden Gate Heights

Sunset Didtrict 1940 from Golden Gate HeightsParkside District • Jan 16, 1940

View of the Sunset District from Golden Gate Heights Jan 16, 1940 “Here is a section of the rapidly growing Parkside District, which, like other areas, has its civic problems. Picture taken from Golden Gate Heights looking toward Pacific Ocean. Arrow marks Abraham Lincoln High School, prompt completion of which is a problem which Mr. Fixit plans to discuss in detail.” Permission of San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

March 2014

Diamond Heights

Diamond Heights • Undated

Written on back: “San Francisco--Diamond Heights Redevelopment Project. Unbuilt hilly area as not been developed because of poor street design unsuited to topography. Purchase of property and redesigning of the 325 acres will make this land available for building under the provisions of the California Redevelopment Act and with federal government assistance.”. By permission of the San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

February 2014

Golden Gate Heights

15th and Pacheco developmentGolden Gate Heights • May 10, 1927

Pacheco Street wall at 15th Avenue - pouring concrete. By permission of the San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

December 2013

Forest Hill

Forest Hill 1945Forest Hill • March 3, 1945

Forest Hill Newscopy: “Cameraman Eddie Murphy, who took this picture, describes it in the following poetic words: ‘A bit of Forest Hill from the grounds of Laguna Honda Home, with Dewey Blvd angling off to the left and the top of Forest Hill Station hiding shyly in the trees at the bottom, lower right.’ (Gosh, you’d never think Eddie had such fancy thoughts in him!)”. By permission of the San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

November 2013

Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks looking northTwin Peaks • December 27, 1923

View from Twin Peaks, looking northwest

Permission obtained from the San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

October 2013

Stonestown

Old Cadilac showroom at StonestownSunset District • May 20, 1953

Notes “NEW SHOWROOM--The beautiful new showroom of the San Francisco Stonestown Branch, Cadillac Motor Car Division, opened last week at 20th-Avenue and Buckingham-Way. The 1953 El Dorado sports convertible is now on display along with other standard production Cadillacs, according to Lou Meara, Stonestown manager.” Date 1953 May 20. By permission of the San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

Permission obtained from the San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

September 2013

Sunset District

Sunset 1886Sunset District Date 1886 Notes: Written on back: “Inner Sunset for sale.” Source: Greg Gaar • Permission obtained from the San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

July 2013

Inner Sunset

Is It?...

Ocean at Granada today

Could this be the same building?

Isn’t this at Ocean and Granada? Reader Grant Wright asks, and he sent us this photo from the view at Ocean and Granada in response to a previous Remember When featuring Westwood Park Grocery Company’s building under construction that was taken sometime before 1920.

If this is the same building there has been some extensive work on the facade, the side and the roof.

Because the San Francisco History Center does not have a date or location for this photo, we asked anyone who knew the address or date of the photo to contact editor@westsideobserver.com. Mr Wright did. Anyone else have an opinion? Photo courtesy of the San Francisco History Center, SF Public Library.

The photo above is the one that was published in a previous Observer. Our thanks to reader Grant Wright.

June 2013

Inner Sunset

Aerial view of inner Sunset District Date 1927 Sept. 6. Got info? editor@westsideobserver, we’ll pass it on to the SF History Center. Published by permission of the SF History Center, SF Public Library

May 2013

Ingleside Terraces

Ingleside TerracesIngleside Terraces. This photo is in the Ingleside Terraces collection, there is no date or observation as to its location or circumstances. Got info? editor@westsideobserver, we’ll pass it on to the SF History Center. Published by permission of the SF History Center, SF Public Library

April 2013

Sutro Forest

Sutro ForestSutro Forest. This undated photo simply noted as Sutro Forest is in the SF History Center collection, any observations about the date or perspective or a corresponding photo of the present would be welcomed by the Center. Send comments, etc to editor@ westsideobserver.com.Courtesy of the San Francisco History Center, SF Public Library

March 2013

Midtown Terrace

Midtown Terrace1000 ‘MARINE VIEW’ HOMES SET FOR MIDTOWN TERRACE--Here’s an aerial view of the Midtown Terrace subdivision at Twin Peaks. Some 1000 modern detached homes with panoramic marine views and full-sized basements will be built by the Standard Building Co. Date Apr. 27, 1957. Courtesy of the San Francisco History Center, SF Public Library

February 2013

Mt. Davidson Construction

Mt. Davidson ConstructionWritten on back: “New housing on slopey Mt. Davidson” Photo by Eddie Murphy | Courtesy of the San Francisco History Center, SF Public Library

December 2012

View from Twin Peaks

Photo of West Portal 1920View of San Francisco from Twin Peaks: Sept. 1, 1928. Written on back: S.F. Real Estate; Mediterranean Village | Courtesy of the San Francisco History Center, SF Public Library

November 2012

Buena Vista Hill

Buena Vista Hill

Buena Vista Hill -No date- M. Behrman Collection. Permission: San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

October 2012

Diamond Heights

Diamond Heights Construction

Large earthmoving machinery is hard at work bringing ‘progress’ to Diamond Heights, but there are some in the area who have complained of the dust raised. What used to be such clean nice fog coming over the hill is now full of grime. Construction site in the Diamond Heights district. Date 1960 June 25. Permission: San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

September 2012

Sunset Heights

Sunset Heights before housing projects

Sunset district homes, looking from 16th ave to golden gate Park. dated as ca. 1950? this would appear to be an error, have a better date? Contact editor@westsideobserver.com. Permission: SF History Center.

July-August 2012

Golden Gate Bridge

Bridge construction

Partly constructed Golden Gate Bridge deck hung from steel cables. Not dated. Permission: San Francisco History Center.

June 2012

Sunset District

old abandoned cable cars

Abandoned cable cars on sand dunes in the Sunset. Not dated. Notes Written on back: “The beach sand dunes at the foot of the Sunset District was the dumping ground for outmoded horse and cable cars at the turn of the century. They were much in demand by enterprising citizens who converted the old cars into both beach houses and permanent homes [Carville]. A few exist even to this day.” Permission: San Francisco History Center.

May 2012

Ingleside Terraces Homes

Ingleside Terraces Homes Construction

Ingleside Terraces Homes ( circa 1911?). From other images that the Ingleside Terraces Home Archives have identified, it’s possibly a view of construction looking south with Merced Ridge in the background. Know more? Contact editor@westsideobserver.com. We will pass the information on to the SF Historical Photo Collection. Printed by permission, SF History Center, SF Public Library.

April 2012

West Portal 1945

West Portal 1945

View of the West Portal district from Claremont Avenue and Taraval Street. Aug. 4, 1945. By permission SF History Center: Caption “Here’s a shot of the West Portal District taken from Claremont-Av. and Taraval-St. The West Portal School is in the center of the picture.”

March 2012

Glen Park

Glen Park 898

Admission Day at Glen Park. Sept 17, 1898. Written on front: With S.F. News Letter. September 17, 1898. "The Big Picnic at the Mission Park and Zoo on Sept. 9, 1898." • By permission SF History Center, SF Public Library.

December 2011

Twin Peaks

Market Street from Twin Peaks view

Market Street from Twin Peaks (Note Bay Bridge construction) • Oct. 12, 1934 • By permission SF History Center, SF Public Library.

December 2011

Lakeshore

Lakeshore aeriel view

Lakeshore (Aeriel view) January 27, 1951. By permission of SF History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

November 2011

Golden Gate Heights

Golden Gate Heights - rubble wall on 14th Avenue, northerly to 15th Avenue and Aloha Avenue • Mar. 7, 1927

Golden Gate Heights - rubble wall on 14th Avenue, northerly to 15th Avenue and Aloha Avenue • Mar. 7, 1927. By permission of SF History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

October 2011

Sunset From 26th & Quintara

Mt. Davidson

Sunset Dist. from 26th & Quintara St. to ocean 1945. By permission of SF History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

September 2011

Forest Hill

Mt. Davidson

The San Francisco Commercial Club visits Forest Hill, April 18, 1913. Source: Greg Gaar Collection; Dewey/Pacheco Reprint permission was be obtained from the San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

July-August 2011

Mt. Davidson

Mt. Davidson

Mt. Davidson S.F. Calif. Date Unknown. Reprint permission was be obtained from the San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

June 2011

Ocean Beach

Sunset District Homes 190?

OCEAN BEACH, Car & Bus At End of “B” Line. Date Mar. 20, 1927. Folder: S.F. Districts-Ocean Beach-1920’s. Reprint permission was be obtained from the San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

May 2011

Ingleside Terraces

Sunset District Homes 190?

INGLESIDE TERRACES, Ocean Avenue at Cerritos. From the Willard E. Worden Glass Plate circa 1912, by permission of the SF Historical Collection of the SF Public Library. Were the iron Ingleside Terrace signs scrapped for WWII metal? editor@westsideobserver.com

April 2011

Sunset District Development

Sunset District Homes 190?

Sunset District Homes. Date [190-?]. Sunset-1900's. If you have more information about the date and location of this photo, contact: editor@westsideobserver.com. By permission from the San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

March 2011

Twin Peaks

View from Twin Peaks 190?

View From Twin Peaks — (190?) Permission from the San Francisco History Center, SF Public Library.

February 2011

Midtown Terrace

Golden Gate Heights

Midtown Terrace May 26, 1958. LATEST BIG S.F. HOME DEVELOPMENT—­Scene of San Francisco’s latest major home development now under construction on the western slopes of Twin Peaks and Sutro Forest. First of the new Sunstream Homes in the Midtown Terrace project will be opened to the public June 4. Mayor Christopher will officiate at the opening ceremonies. Permission from the San Francisco History Center, SF Public Library.

December 2010

7th Avenue and Lawton Street

Golden Gate Heights

View of the Sunset District from 7th Avenue and Lawton Street. Date 1921. Location Folder: S.F. Districts-Sunset. Reproduction permission from San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

November 2010

Diamond Heights

Golden Gate Heights

Clipper Street freeway extension Date 1947 June 20. S.F. Districts-Diamond Heights-1940’s. Newscopy: “DEBUT FOR FREEWAY DUE—Pictured above is another link in San Francisco’s program of freeway traffic arteries, the Clipper-St extension, scheduled for completion by July 15. Its course traced by arrows, it will be the main east-west arterial to the contemplated second Bay crossing and connect with all north-south arterials between Twin Peaks and the Bay. Meantime, it will provide motorists easier access from Portola-Dr, at point shown in right foreground, to the industrial areas. The new $182,000 road joins Clipper-St near Douglass Playground and is part of the so-called Army-Guerrero-San Jose-Clipper-Sts Project.”

Permission: SF Public Library Historical Photograph Collection.

October 2010

Golden Gate Heights

Golden Gate Heights

Golden Gate Heights - 15th Avenue at Noriega Street - steam shovel grading for wall May 10, 1927. Permission: SF Public Library Historical Photograph Collection.

Westwood Park

Westwood Park

Westwood Park Grocery Company’s building under construction (not before 1917). Anyone knowing the address or date of this building please contact editor@westsideobserver.com. Photo: Gabriel Moulin, Permission: Moulin Studios. 1460 Grand Ave, San Rafael, 94901 and the SF Public Library Historical Photograph Collection.
Photo courtesy of the San Francisco History Center, SF Public Library

Pine Lake Park

Pine Lake Park

Houses in the Pine Lake Park District, Aug. 27, 1927
Photo courtesy of the San Francisco History Center, SF Public Library
Note the motercycle in the center.

West Portal

building Parkmerced

West Portal
Photo courtesy of the San Francisco History Center, SF Public Library
Written underneath: “Home Building following completion of Twin Peaks tunnel.”

Diamond Heights

building Parkmerced

Gold Mine Hill and the surrounding area in the Diamond Heights district, June 26,1953
Notes Newscopy: “THE VACANT HEIGHTS—Big, empty hill in center of this picture is Gold Mine Hill, one of three vacant heights on which Redevelopment Agency proposes to build 2300 dwellings. In foreground is Miraloma Park, just beyond that is O'Shaughnessy-blvd and dropping off from the boulevard is Glen Canyon, part of Diamond Heights development which will become big park under present plan. To the left are Twin Peaks, with Midtown Terrace at far left. Photo was taken from Mt. Davidson.”
Photo courtesy of the San Francisco History Center, SF Public Library

Building Parkmerced

building Parkmerced

Housing construction in the Parkmerced district. Date Jan. 30, 1943. Newscopy: “Concrete foundations are in and a framework of homes already rising in the midst of scattered debris on the Metropolitan Housing project, Lake Merced. Vast areas of ground are covered by heaped up bathtubs, ready to be moved into completed homes.”
Photo courtesy of the San Francisco History Center, SF Public Library

Golden Gate Heights

sandunes in the sunset district

Golden Gate Heights • May 10, 1927• From Pacheco and Funston North along 14th & 15th Aves.
Photo courtesy of the San Francisco History Center, SF Public Library

sandunes in the sunset district

Ingleside Terraces 1911-12
Photo courtesy of the San Francisco History Center, SF Public Library

sandunes in the sunset district

Mysterious Photo of Houses and Sandunes in the Sunset District
Photo courtesy of the San Francisco History Center, SF Public Library
Homes and Sandunes in the Sunset

Mount Davidson 1915-25

Mysterious Photo of West Portal
Photo courtesy of the San Francisco History Center, SF Public Library
Written underneath: “Home Building following completion of Twin Peaks tunnel.”

Mount Davidson 1915-25

View of Mount Davidson from Twin Peaks, 1915–1925
Photo courtesy of the San Francisco History Center, SF Public Library
Written on back: “late 1910s early 1920s; Mt. Davidson in 192?; note windmill + farm - houses near French Man’s Creek.”

St.Francis Wood 1912

Forest Hill March 3, 1945 Photo courtesy of the San Francisco History Center, SF Public Library
Cameraman Eddie Murphy, who took this picture, describes it in the following poetic words: ‘A bit of Forest Hill from the grounds of Laguna Honda Home, with Dewey-blvd
angling off to the left and the top of Forest Hill Station hiding shyly in the trees at the bottom, lower right.’ (Gosh, you’d never think Eddie had such fancy thoughts in him!)”.

St.Francis Wood 1912Construction of Stonestown apartment buildings Date 1949 July 2. Photo courtesy of the San Francisco History Center, SF Public Library

“A small city is rapidly springing up west of 19th-ave, on the shores of Lake Merced. It’s ‘Stonestown,’ 23-million-dollar project of Ellis and Henry Stoneson, and this photo shows the rapid progress being made on the four 10-story apartment houses (in the rear) and the smaller two- and three-story buildings in the foreground. Company spokesmen say the smaller buildings will be ready for occupancy about Aug. 1, while it will be another six months before the apartment houses are completed. Work on a complete shopping and recreational area will begin soon. The project will consist of 28 smaller apartment houses, the four large ones, each with 90 apartments, and an extensive shopping center. Between 3000 and 3500 persons will live in ‘Stonestown’ in the 783 rental units. The project covers 67 choice acres. The picture was taken from Vernon and Shields-Sts, a hill just east of the project.”

St.Francis Wood 1912

St. Francis Wood 1912 Courtesy of the San Francisco History Center, SF Public Library

Photo of West Portal 1920

West Portal Tunnel 1920 Courtesy of the San Francisco History Center, SF Public Library

Photo of West Portal 1920

View of San Francisco from Twin Peaks: Sept. 1, 1928. Written on back: S.F. Real Estate; Mediterranean Village | Courtesy of the San Francisco History Center, SF Public Library